This building is on Oregon Corners in Putnam Valley, NY. It’s opposite a small shopping area. I guess that what first caught my attention was the large shield (it’s actually quite colorful). There are two plaques on the front. One says:
June 2001. This building is hereby dedicated to Honorable Vincent L. Leibell III. New York State Senator – 37th S.D. and Members of the Town Board of Putnam Valley. Supervisor Carmelo Santos. Councilmen Thomas Cafferty, Charles Ferrante, Samuel Gambino. In grateful recognition and appreciation of their dedicated efforts in support of law enforcement on behalf of the residents of Putnam Valley. Robert D. Thoubboron, Putnam County Sheriff. This Plaque was donated by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association.
The second plaque reads: “Dr. John M. Zarcone, Putnam County Coroner 1972-1997. 25 years of dedicated service to the residents of Putnam County.”
I thought the building was much older as it has a certain worn look too it. I did a little research on the names and found a New York Times article entitled “Ex-Senator Gets 21-Month Prison Term in Tax Evasion Case from 2011“, which states:
A former state senator was sentenced in federal district court here on Friday to 21 months in prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty last year to obstruction of justice and tax evasion.
The former senator, Vincent L. Leibell III, a Republican from Putnam County, had faced 18 to 24 months in prison, based on sentencing guidelines. But Mr. Leibell’s lawyer, David L. Lewis, asked the judge to take into account Mr. Leibell’s “life of public service” and urged him to consider a “non-guideline” sentence, like allowing Mr. Leibell, 64, to do community service, “in which he publicly has to restore the faith in the people he has betrayed.”
It’s ironic that Mr. Leibell was one of those honored: “In grateful recognition and appreciation of their dedicated efforts in support of law enforcement on behalf of the residents of Putnam Valley”. Maybe the town should think about removing the Plaque.
Carmelo Santos appeared to have retired in 2005 and moved to Florida.
Robert B. Thoubbouron is mentioned in a 2001 New Times Article entitled: “Critics say Sheriff is the Law. In Bucolic Putnam Country, an Election Stirs Passions“. The article describes a contest between then incumbent Sheriff Thoubbouron and Donald B. Smith, a retired Brigadier General Donald B. Smith. It seems that General Smith won as the Wikipedia articles describes him has having become Putnam County Sheriff in 2002, a post he continues to hold in 2015 (his fourth term).